US President Donald Trump said on Thursday August 8 that the current head of the National Counter Terrorism Center, Joseph Maguire, would become the interim director of national intelligence as of 15 August, the date on which incumbent Dan Coats will step down.
Â € œAdmiral Maguire has had a long and distinguished career in the army, retiring from the US Navy in 2010â €, wrote Donald Trump on Twitter.
Joseph Maguire, who spent 36 years in the military, was at the head of anti-terrorism since last December.
Trump's announcement came a few moments after Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon declared that she was resigning without knowing the precise motives. of this decision.
Donald Trump had initially chosen to replace Dan Coats by the Texas Republican Senate in the House of Representatives, John Ratcliffe, who gave up this charge early August on the back of a scandal. around his professional experience.
The director of national intelligence, whose post was created after the attacks of 11 September 2011 in the United States, oversees all 17 civilian and military agencies of American intelligence.
The appointment of Maguire must be confirmed by the Senate.